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From Middlebury, Indiana, USA:

Our 8 year old son was recently diagnosed with Type 1. We have been given two different suggestions about how to inject his insulin (by physicians, nurses, or our diabetic educator). We have been told to aspirate the syringe before injection and not to aspirate. Also, we have been told to use alcohol wipes prior to injection and not to use alcohol wipes. Why are there so many different opinions?


It can be very confusing when you first have to learn so much about diabetes. You'll find that with experience, you will tailor what you do to your own child. The advice concerning using alcohol and aspirating to look for blood when giving the injection are not "wrong" but are usually not necessary. Even when you read good books about diabetes, you may find some slight differences in techniques and approaches. As you learn what is important you'll be able to sort out the information for yourself. Do follow your diabetes care provider's advice.


Original posting 10 Jan 1999
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections


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